If you are looking to research free public records, our “Free Public Records Search Directory” can help you find the information you need in a quick and easy manner. Since understanding public records can be overwhelming, Online Searches has answered many of your most frequently asked questions to help you navigate our site and to simplify your search.
What is a public record?
A public record is any information, minutes, files, maps, accounts or other records that a government agency is required to maintain and make accessible to the public. Examples of public records include land records, birth and death records, election records, laws and codes, court records, and more.
What is “Free Public Records Search Directory?”
Online Searches is a free tool that provides thousands of links to free public records in every state and county in the United States. The links are updated on an ongoing basis to ensure the most recent and accurate information.
How can the public records be searched?
Users can search public records by state, county or city. Additionally, users can search public records by choosing a specific type of record. The website’s main page provides a list of the states and record types including:
- Assessor and Property Tax Records
- Land Records and Deeds
- and many more.
How do I start?
The following steps explain how to search for a free public record by record type category, using warrants in Texas, as an example.
1. Choose the type of record. Once you choose your desired record type, you will be redirected to a page that lists all 50 states and all available national links for that record type. “Warrants”
2. Description of record. On the specific record page, there is a written description and detailed information about the record, how it is generally handled by states and counties, and how best to search for that type of record. “About Warrant Records”
3. National links. All national links on a specific record page can be found below the list of states. A national link is described as a link that connects to a website provided by the U.S. government. Click on a national link to be directed to the actual website. “DEA Fugitives”
4. Return to Results. Click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner, to return to the prior specific record page.
5. State links. Click on a specific state to access the webpage with all of the available links for that type of record within that state. This page includes links to state, county and city websites for the chosen state. “Texas”
6. Choose a link. Select a link to your desired public record website. Here you will find information that may include details about the record, contact information, or searchable information. “Dallas County – Traffic Citation Warrants”
7. Return to record page. Click on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page to return to the prior specific state page. “ Warrant Resources in Texas”
8. Return to main page. If you’d like to return to our main page for additional searches, you can choose either “Home” or “Free Searches” located in the upper left hand corner. On both pages, you can choose another state or record type, as explained in step 1 above.
Congratulations! If you have read and followed the steps above, you are ready to begin using our “Free Public Records Search Directory” for your own research needs.
For further information about using our site, please see our blog article entitled “Check out Our Website for Your Research Needs.” If you have any questions regarding the site or any suggestions regarding its content, please let us know in the comments field below.
We look forward to developing our website as a resource that users can depend on as the most reliable and efficient public records research site available.Watch for future articles about some of our most popular search requests!